KUALA LUMPUR: Nathan Kueh (pic) has won twice on the national junior circuit but never saw success at the National Junior Squash Championships. So, he is out to prove a point this time.
The icing on the cake, he hopes, will be a place in the squad to this year’s World Junior Championships.
Nathan, who won gold at the 2019 Asian Junior Championships in the boys’ Under-17 category, is desperate to play in his first World Juniors in Gold Coast, Australia, from July 19-30.
Competition for places will be tough as Malaysia boast many promising juniors in the boys’ Under-19 category such as Muhammad Hafiz Zafri, Duncan Lee, Daniel Nurhaqiem and Wee Ming Hock.
All four are also taking part in the ongoing National Junior Championships, which has Hafiz as the top seed.
Sarawakian Nathan, however, has overcome tough odds before.
He defeated India’s Neel Joshi in the final of last year’s Asian Junior Championships despite suffering from diarrhoea.
The battling performance saw him winning praise from Squash Racquets Association Malaysia (SRAM) director Major (Rtd) Maniam.
He is again looking to show the same fighting spirit in the National Juniors.
He has had no problems so far and reached the third round by disposing of Sutejranjna Ragunathan 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 yesterday. He faces Nicholas Chee Jenn Hinn next for a place in the quarter finals.
On his match against Nicholas, Nathan said: “I will play my usual game and hopefully win 3-0.”
He should have little trouble against Nicholas but will face his first big test in the semi finals where he is likely to clash with Nurhaqiem.
After the National Junior Championships, Nathan will also have a chance to impress in the Under-19 category of the National Junior Circuit.
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